As Wednesday’s graduation for Reed High School edges closer, the Washoe County School District’s “Countdown to Graduation” campaign has honored Reed senior Kayla Maselli for her ability to overcome obstacles in her personal life, as well as in the classroom, establishing a foundation for success in the future.
Maselli’s academic and extracurricular career highlighted strong performances in the school productions of “White Christmas” and “Hairspray,” in which she played the leading roles. She has also served as junior class vice president and student body vice president and has earned a weighted 4.05 GPA.
“There is no stopping this outgoing, focused, adventure-seeking, fun loving girl,” Maselli’s counselor Lynette Gardner said. “She is on a mission to experience life to its fullest.”
When asked what she enjoyed most about starring in school productions, Maselli said, “I loved all the attention and the spotlight, but I also loved being involved and getting more out of high school than just coming to class.”
Maselli was also involved in the Reed Mentor program, which Gardner said displayed her “ability to be a great communicator, organizer, manager and inspiring motivator.”
Maselli highlighted some struggles she encountered while attending high school saying, “A challenge that I have encountered is dealing with peer pressure to get involved in the wrong things, and struggles with not feeling successful enough.” She cited surrounding herself with the love and support of her family and friends as her way of overcoming such obstacles.
With four years of prima voce, intermezzo and vocal ensemble classes in her back pocket, Maselli plans to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she says she is looking forward to “going somewhere else and getting a new experience.”
Her government teacher described her attitude toward education as “Learning for the sake of learning.” Maselli’s response: “With education, you can do anything you set your mind to.”
Reed High School senior Devon Sanders, an 18-year-old cross country athlete, said that his fondest memories of high school surround his time spent on the cross country team.
“I have made some of my closest friends during that time,” Sanders said. “Hanging out with all my friends I have made were definitely my best memories.”
Sanders said he plans to move on to college in an effort to become a pilot.
“I am excited to be able to continue on and work on getting the rest of my pilot’s license and hopefully become a commercial pilot,” Sanders said, adding that he would like to work for a major airline after finishing college and all appropriate training.
“It’s all worth it in the end. It might seem hard at the moment, but you will get through it,” Sanders said of pursuing a high school diploma. “See everything as a learning experience.”
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